Thanks to an inconvenient international break, Everton only played three matches in October, but did fairly well all the same, beating both Leicester City and Crystal Palace before narrowly falling to Manchester United at Old Trafford. With that in mind, it’s time to go ahead and name Everton’s player of the month for October 2018.
Community Player of the Month
With an aggregate rating of 7.95 over three matches, it is Jordan Pickford upon whom we bestow this month’s honors from those of you who vote in the player grades poll. England’s number one admittedly had an outstanding October. Pickford saved Luka Milovojevic’s penalty against Palace, and followed that up by stopping Paul Pogba frpm the spot at Manchester United.
Between two saved penalties and a clean sheet at home, Jordan Pickford deserves this. Hang it on your mantle, lad.
RBM Player of the Month
Picking anyone but Jordan here is a cop out. Everton’s goalkeeper has been imperious, and both his distribution and shot stopping are clipping along at an elite level.
We’d be remiss to praise Jordan Pickford and not also include a few of his defenders, because Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane have been rocks at the back for Everton. In October, they capably marshaled Jamie Vardy, and would have kept a clean sheet were it not for Jonjoe Kenny. After that, a clean sheet was kept against Wilfried Zaha, and the Blues were unlucky to concede a penalty at Old Trafford.
While we’re all excited to see Yerry Mina play, it’s a bit of a shame that Keane and Zouma will have to be broken up soon, at the very least against Chelsea due to the Frenchman’s loan restrictions.